Barcelona chief Txiki: Ronaldinho will not be sold

Begiristain said: “There is no option and nothing has ever been discussed. If he says his will is to stay and the club wants him to stay, then there’s nothing left to talk about.

“He won’t leave. We all know this.

“We want players like Ronaldinho, who can make the difference, to stay here for many years. We also know for that reason he will continue to be of interest for many clubs.”

He added: “We have discussed a contract extension. But then we decided, with both parties happy with the current situation, to leave it as it is. There’s plenty of time for us to sit down and talk about this.”